Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sales that are happening...!

I just wanted to mention some notable sales that are occurring right now that you may or may not know.
  • Ulta 21 Days of Beauty - Every day until April 8, several items will be on sale for a huge discount both in-store and online. Several items are limited to online only or platinum members only. If you are a platinum member, you can get free shipping on any of these products that you purchase during the sale.
  • Dermstore Spring Revival Sale - Dermstore is easily one of my favorite online beauty retailers because they offer sales on top of free shipping with no minimum purchase. Until 3/26, you can get 20% off your purchase from their site. Exclusions do apply.
  • Costco - If you are a Costco member, I highly recommend checking out their website once in a while to see what skincare or makeup products they are selling at a discounted price. Currently Costco is selling L'Occitane foot and hand cream for $19.99 + free shipping if you are a member. These products normally sell for $29.99 at the L'Occitane store. There are other skincare and makeup brands including Clinique, Peter Thomas Roth, Chanel, Estee Lauder, Clarins, Lancome, Perricone MD, Becca Cosmetics, and more. It is worth a look if you are a member!
  • Korres - Gilt City is offering a 30% off your purchase on the Korres website. You must sign-up to get your free voucher through Gilt City within the next 4 days which is around 3/27. Your voucher will be sent to your email and the coupon must be used by 4/27. This is a great deal!

:) Happy savings!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

REVIEW & SWATCHES: Wet N Wild Megalast Catsuit Liquid Lipsticks

There's been a lot of hype around the new Wet N Wild Megalast Catsuit Liquid Lipsticks for several months now, and I can see why. I purchased the ones as shown below from CVS both online and in-store. They're a little difficult to find in-store, but now that it is March, they are a little easier to find. They retail for $4.99, but you can always find awesome deals at the drugstores where they are on sale. Five dollars for a good quality lipstick is still a great deal!

According to the Wet N Wild website, these glide on like butter. They apply glossy, but they have a matte finish with a great staying power. Additionally, Wet N Wild claims that these are highly pigmented with a lightweight formula that will not dry out the lips.


The colors I picked up from left to right are: Berry Recognize, Rebel Rose, Give Me Mocha, Nudist Peach, and Nice to Fuschia. Each liquid lipstick contains 0.21 ounces of product almost the same amount that you would get in Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipstick which contains 0.22 ounces of product.



The Wet N Wild liquid lipsticks come with a doe foot applicator with a small gap in the middle that allows for product to fill in to provide a nice smooth, one-step application.

Here are the shades I mentioned with flash photography from left to right: Berry Recognize, Rebel Rose, Give Me Mocha, Nudist Peach and Nice to Fuschia.


Here are the same shades in the same order take with no flash.


Berry Recognize is a true berry color. It's not too purple which I like. I think it's a very neutral color that will complement all types of skin tones.




 Give Me Mocha is a brown nude shade in which I predict is one of the more popular shades of the entire collection. This color looks more red-brown like a brick color in flash photography. This is definitely one of my favorites.

Nudist Peach was one I picked up in-store at CVS and this color does not flatter me since I have a yellow light-medium complexion. The color looks washed out against my skin tone, but this color would be lovely on those who have a lighter complexion.


Nice to Fuchsia is bold and vibrant, but not too much of "in your face." I contemplated hard about getting this color because fuchsia lipsticks do not look good on me. This actually did not look too bad, and I think it's because it appeared less neon than most other fuchsia lipsticks I've tried.

As you can see I only picked up five shades from the line, but in terms of quality, these are pretty good. They dry down quickly, and they're not too drying like the ones from ColourPop. ColourPop charges $6 a liquid lipstick, but Wet N Wild charges $5. These Wet N Wild liquid lipsticks dry matte, and surprisingly are comfortable to wear. I prefer a liquid lipstick to not be completely matte because I find that matte formulas tend to be drying. They're comfortable enough for me to wear to work for eight hours. The only time I do reapply is after I eat lunch and the lipstick in my inner lips have rubbed off. Reapplication and layering of this product formula isn't an issue for me. Jouer liquid lipsticks clump whenever I layer my lipstick, but Wet N Wild does not, so I approve!

I highly recommend these Megalast Catsuit Liquid Lipsticks if you are looking for something more affordable or if you contemplated about trying them! I'm beginning to see them more and more available now in-stores at Target and at drugstores such as CVS and Rite Aids, so if you've been trying to find them, be sure to check the shelves now! Better yet, get them online! :)




Sunday, January 22, 2017

It's Marshalls and TJ Maxx Yellow Tag Clearance Time!

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope your new year is off to a great start! I cannot say that my new year has been great because I have been sick on and off all month with a cold. It has been consistently raining in Los Angeles, and I am sure the cold has been a contributing factor to my sickness.

I wanted to hop on the blog and let you know that Marshalls and TJ Maxx are having their yellow tag clearance. This happens twice a year in January and August where items are marked with a yellow tag indicating that they are final clearance. Once an item is gone, it's gone! However, if the item hasn't been purchased for a while, then the store will continue to mark it down with another yellow tag. Marshalls and TJ Maxx are owned by the same company, and they are probably my favorite stores aside from Target. I love that I can get great quality apparel and goods for a discounted and more affordable price. I get super excited once the yellow tag sale hits, and this January was no exception to me treasure hunting away.

I've purchased a couple of things during this clearance event as shown below. I picked up my current favorite shampoo and conditioner, Biosilk Hydrating Therapy in the huge 34 fluid ounces bottle for $10 each, Travelon Smart Tubes for my fiancé for $4 (yes, I got engaged!), and a set of 4 stemless wine glasses for $3!







There are lots of beauty products that are marked down too. Be sure to look for holiday sets because those will most likely be marked down too! I highly suggest checking our your local Marshalls and TJ Maxx stores! :) Happy hunting!


Thursday, December 15, 2016

SWATCHES: Pur Cosmetics Elevation Highlighter Palette ($15)

One of the best deals out there right now for a highlighter palette belongs to Pur Cosmetics that you can find for only $15 ($60 value) at Ulta. I went with my co-worker to Ulta during a lunch break, and we came across the Elevation Perfecting Highlighter Palette by Pur Cosmetics which also comes with a mini fan brush. We both thought that the set was a great deal, so we each bought it!


The palette is considered a "mini" palette, but I think you get a lot for the price. Here is the package of the palette itself.

 Back of the palette.

Fortunately this palette comes with a nice sized mirror.

I was captivated by the middle color, Altitude, but I was most impressed by "Upgrade," a peachy highlight.

"Boost" is a champagne gold highlighter, and "Altitude" reminds me of Becca Cosmetic's "Moonstone," a white highlighter. "Upgrade" is my favorite of the three.


 The fan brush is not my favorite. The brush picked up product very easily and applies well, but it feels so flimsy. I prefer denser brushes because I can control where I want to apply makeup.


Some logistical items. The total net weight of the highlighters is 0.27 oz, meaning each shade contains 0.09 oz. The palette was also made in China.

Overall, I think this is a great palette. This is also a great way to try out different highlighter shades for a great price. :)

Sunday, December 4, 2016

REVIEW: Jouer Cosmetics Long-Wear Lip Creme Liquid Lipstick in "Bronze Rose"

Jouer Cosmetics creates beautiful liquid lipstick formulas. I gravitate towards using them over some of the other brands because they're easy to wear, they're comfortable, and they're hydrating. The only issue that I have had with Jouer's formula is that the lipstick crumbles whenever I add a second layer. I own six of their liquid lipsticks, including "Bronze Rose" ($18) which I picked up a few weeks ago from Dermstore.com. Side note: Dermstore.com is one of my favorite beauty online retailers that offers free shipping no minimum, and constant deals. I saw that Jouer released fall shades including "Bronze Rose," and I knew I just had to have it for the fall/winter seasons. One great thing about Jouer's formula is that it is opaque. I have worn liquid lipsticks such as from Milani where the formula is too darn sheer and watery.

"Bronze Rose" is described as a metallic deep rose, which I think is an accurate description. I own a metallic liquid lipstick in "Nolita" from Lonely Planet, and that dried my lips and accentuated my lip lines. I was afraid of purchasing another metallic shade because of this experience, but the color looked so rich and vibrant online, so I gave in.



Unlike the other lip cremes from Jouer, "Bronze Rose" can be layered. I have worn this shade and formula throughout many days and evenings, eating holiday foods, and food truck yummies, and this lipstick has stayed on pretty well. The only time I saw fading was whenever I ate greasy food, and the fading would only occur on the inner lips. I would reapply with a second layer, and it would still look good. This formula does not go into your lip lines much, but I also believe that color matters. Lighter metallic shades with fine glitters will sink into your lip lines and will be more noticeable than darker shades such as "Bronze Rose." It's just my hypothesis. By the end of the evenings that I have worn this, I did notice that my lip lines were more prominent, but not in the nasty crusty looking way.

How much do I enjoy this color and formula? I  love it. My boyfriend also loves this color on me. I am not too into rose lip colors, but I enjoy this one from Jouer because it is a deeper shade of rose. Bronze. It gives a beautiful shine. If you want to try it out yourself I recommend purchasing it from Dermstore to get free shipping or else you would need to spend $25 on Jouer's website to get free shipping.



Swatches with flash.




Swatches without flash.






Sunday, September 25, 2016

Life Update: I Moved!

I moved. Again. In three months I lived in three cities: Anaheim, San Diego, and now Los Angeles. This summer was full of craziness. It was hectic constantly packing and unpacking, but I've finally settled into my place in the City of Angels. I've been here for three weeks working at my new job (public health field). I'm loving my job thus far, but I'm not used to living and working in an urban area like LA. I've been homesick here and there, and I'm so grateful that San Diego is only a two hour drive away (without LA traffic-- haha). Surely I'll adjust to this city life! I know there's so many things to do here, and I'm also grateful for the opportunities that I have. :)

I have unpacked all of my beauty stuff, and I'm finishing up the organization.  I have some blog post and video ideas that I'm itching to get started on once time permits. Don't worry, I'll be back! I hope you are doing well! :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

First Impressions/Review: NEW L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask - Detox & Brighten - Charcoal

L'Oreal has recently released a set of three different clay masks that you can now get your hands on at your local drugstore or superstore between $10 to $13. I picked up two of the three, and I'm pretty positive I will be picking up the one I don't have eventually! This line of masks are known as the Pure-Clay Mask with each having their own functions.


Each type of clay mask contains the three pure clays: kaolin, montmorillonite, and Moroccan lava, but what makes each mask unique is that they also each have different ingredients to perform certain tasks for our skin.

The green mask has eucalyptus which is supposed to purify and mattify your face, and the orange red mask contains red algae which supposed to exfoliate and refine your skin. The one I did a first impressions on is comparable to the original GlamGlow mask, the detox and brighten treatment mask that contains charcoal.




The Detox & Brighten treatment mask helps with dull and tired skin, bringing radiance to your skin meanwhile drawing out the impurities. L'Oreal also claims that this product will even out your skin tone.



If you have used clay masks before, applying this charcoal treatment is no different. I used to use my fingers to apply any kind of clay mask, but now I like to use a brush. Clay mask brushes are fairly inexpensive. I recommend using a flat foundation brush that you do not use to apply the mask. You can get the Wet N Wild flat foundation brush for $0.99 at Walgreens or Rite Aid that works perfectly for clay mask application.



The clay comes in a simple jar with a green top. You get 1.7/48 grams of product.


 I recommend applying a thin layer of product or else it will take a lot longer to dry. Avoid the eye area, and let the product work its magic for 10 to 15 minutes. I generally leave on my masks for 15 minutes or until it gets too dry. I do not recommend leaving it on for too long (>30 minutes) because your skin can get irritated from too much tightening. Yes, I am crossing my eyes in the photo below! :P

 This is a photo of my skin after using the charcoal clay mask. I am quite impressed with this product. It left my skin feeling refreshed, smooth, clear and bright! Unfortunately I no longer have the original GlamGlow to compare this to, but the L'Oreal clay mask did essentially the same thing, but at a huge fraction of the GlamGlow price.


If you want to see me try this product out for the first time, check out my first impressions/review below:




PROS:
  • Inexpensive ($10-$13. I purchased mine from Target for $10. It's affordable!)
  • Draws out impurities
  • Makes skin appear brighter, clearer and smoother!
CONS:
  • None! I do recommend putting on a mask prior showering because it can be a little messy over the sink! 

That is it for my first impressions and review. Thanks for reading and stopping by. :) 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

KOREAN BEAUTY REVIEWS: Nooni, Cosrx, Nature Republic, Etc.! (EP. 1)

Videos that I enjoy filming are reviews and first impressions, but sometimes I just want to sit and do a bunch of reviews, which is why I'm going to start doing multiple Korean beauty product reviews in one video. Here's the first episode:



These were the products that I mentioned with a few thoughts:

- Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch - Great for taking out acne secretion and healing pimples.
- Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask - Great for firming your face and cleaning out your pores.
- Nature Republic 92% Aloe Vera Gel - I love this for the summer. Very refreshing.
- Koelf Cosmetic Royal Jelly Hydro Eye Patch - My eye bag"depuffer"
- Nooni Advanced Repair Therapy Super Vitalizing Gel Cleanser - A gentle cleanser for a deep cleanse.
- Nooni Advanced Repair Therapy Super Vitalizing Cream - Great cream for hydration. I like wearing this overnight.

If you want a more in-depth review and more photos of the Nooni products, I did a blog post HERE.



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FTC: The Nooni products were sent to me from Memebox for review purposes. All other products were purchased with my own money. As always, my opinions are my own! :)

REVIEW: Nooni Advanced + Repair Therapy Super Revitalizing Gel Cleanser & Super Revitalizing Cream

I have two products to discuss today from the Advanced + Repair Therapy line from Memebox's brand, Nooni. I was sent the Super Revitalizing Gel Cleanser ($15) and the Super Revitalizing Cream ($40) to review, and I have been testing these products out for about a month since receiving them.


The Super Revitalizing Gel Cleanser is a mild clear gel cleanser that mainly contains centella asiatica extract which can reduce swelling and circulation. According to the Memebox website, this ingredient will calm and relieve skin redness and irritations, good for sensitive skin. Also with ingredients from Jeju Island of Korea, this product is supposed to deep cleanse your skin, remove makeup, keep your skin hydrated, all without stripping your skin's natural oils.



I've been using this cleanser with my Foreo Luna Mini 2. What I do is squeeze a tiny dab of the cleanser out of the tub, apply it onto my face in areas and then cleanse away using my Foreo. This is standard routine for me when I cleanse my face no matter what facial cleanser I am using.

First, there's a scent to this cleanser, and I may not be 100% correct, but I think it's the centalla asiatica extract. The scent smells like some kind of citrus and other plant combined, but the good thing is that the scent isn't overpowering. It's a scent I am not familiar with, but it's not too bad. Second, the texture of this cleanser is similar to Vaseline. It is a gel cleanser, so it will feel like a gel--lightweight! Third, a little bit of product goes a long way. This cleanser lathers up really well with my Foreo, and I like that because I feel like my face is getting a good cleaning. This cleanser really does clean! My face feels super clean every time I use this, but it doesn't feel like it leaves my face feeling stripped. I have normal/dry skin during the winter and it becomes combination of dry and oily (strangely!) during warmer seasons, so this is great for my skin during the summer a.k.a. right now! If you have dry skin, I recommend using a milk cleanser (Yes to Cucumber! Milk Cleanser is my fave!) since milk cleansers are more hydrating. Aside from leaving my skin feeling clean every time, it also makes my skin smoother and brighter. Overall, I've been enjoying this cleanser although I can probably do without the scent.

Next is the Super Revitalizing Cream which is essentially a moisturizer. This is a "repair therapy cream" mainly containing centalla asiatica along with the three ingredients: calendula, primrose oil, and ceramide 3 which Nooni/Memebox trademarked as the "phyto-cure complex." These ingredients are supposed to nourish, calm troublesome skin and hydrate, respectively. Something I've noticed about this cream compared to other creams I own is that this has a thicker texture, again like Vaseline. I enjoy using this in the evening since it has a thicker consistency, so I recommend applying this right before jumping into bed. I take a small scoop and pat it into my face, and although it's thick, it dries fairly quickly. However, it does leave a bit of tackiness on your face for a while which is also why I prefer wearing this cream in the evening. I cannot vouch that this cream has done wonders for my skin, but I will say that it does provide a lot moisture for my skin. My face feels hydrated and very smooth in the morning! Even during the summer I have dry and rough skin when I wake up, and this product can solve those problems. Overall I am happy with this product, although I'm not too fond of the thick texture. You can see more photos below. :)


The product comes in a 50 mL jar. I prefer my skincare products to come with a pump since it's more sanitary, but I understand that becomes costlier for the company.


Looks like a tub of petroleum jelly right?


Although it has a thicker consistency, it's not hard to work with. It absorbs easily into my skin.

I decided to take before and after pictures of my hand using the cream, and you can obviously see that my hand in the after picture looks a lot more hydrated than the left hand. That's a pretty cool and big difference huh?


Overall, two thumbs up!


*These products were sent to me for review purposes. As always, my opinions are my own.*

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Beauty Sale: Dermstore Anniversary Sale - 25% Off!

One of my favorite online beauty retailers is having their anniversary sale! Dermstore is holding an anniversary sale where you can receive 25% off your purchase (on select brands) with promo code: DS17SALE or DS17. This sale will end in five days on August 15 at 11:59 PST.




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